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The Café-Concert

The Café-Concert is an 1879 oil-on-canvas painting by French artist Édouard Manet, now in the collection of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. It is one of several works set in the Brasserie Reichshoffen on the Boulevard Marguerite-de-Rochechouart in Paris, depicting social life at the end of the 19th century. The three main figures in the work form a triangle, each seemingly unaware of the presence of the others; the waitress drinks beer, the woman at the bar smokes a cigarette and appears subdued, and the man watches the performance of singer "La Belle Polonaise", reflected in a mirror in the background. The figures of the individuals represented are not clearly defined, but modelled with brushstrokes. Manet was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.

Painting credit: Édouard Manet

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